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Just traded my 2019 Ridgeline for a 2021 Frontier Pro-4X

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Long story short (we'll see) ... my 2008 Subaru Legacy GT that was tuned and modded to 349wtq/325whp ... had done me well for many years but then for inspection this year apparently I needed around $2500 in repairs. So I sold the vehicle on Craigslist for $6000 and let them know the deal on the repairs needed.

So I was in a hurry to buy another vehicle. Had done some research a few years ago and decided a Ridgeline was a good choice. So I bought the first clean one in the color I liked. Had the 6 speed tranny, turned out to be a POS and began slipping almost immediately. Had to put some different fluids in there to make it work again. Also had 3 cylinder mode activation which I hated and tried to deactivate, which caused detonation knock in the engine. And creaked like it was going to break every time I turned the steering wheel all the way or went over bumps.

Otherwise a very smooth ride and comfortable. So I got the Frontier and have been driving it for only 2 days. My first impression are:

  • Not as comfy/smooth and actually feels like driving a truck.
  • More power, better revving engine and much better transmission.
  • Narrower and more dated interior.
  • Bigger turning radius takes some getting used to.

These are not complaints; observations. I'm sure the Ridgeline gets a few more MPGs too as I was doing close to 25 on the highway. That all said, I'm a 2021 Frontier Pro-4X owner now and I'm sure soon enough this will fit me like a glove. I have been surprised by some of the capabilities and performance already and I'm looking forward to a long life with the vehicle and minimal/cheap maintenance compared to the alternatives.

Seems to be getting some head turns around here too driving it around. Can't say the same for the Ridgeline 馃槅

Only pic I have so far... hard to tell with the reflections but the truck is mint

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Long story short (we'll see) ... my 2008 Subaru Legacy GT that was tuned and modded to 349wtq/325whp ... had done me well for many years but then for inspection this year apparently I needed around $2500 in repairs. So I sold the vehicle on Craigslist for $6000 and let them know the deal on the repairs needed.

So I was in a hurry to buy another vehicle. Had done some research a few years ago and decided a Ridgeline was a good choice. So I bought the first clean one in the color I liked. Had the 6 speed tranny, turned out to be a POS and began slipping almost immediately. Had to put some different fluids in there to make it work again. Also had 3 cylinder mode activation which I hated and tried to deactivate, which caused detonation knock in the engine. And creaked like it was going to break every time I turned the steering wheel all the way or went over bumps.

Otherwise a very smooth ride and comfortable. So I got the Frontier and have been driving it for only 2 days. My first impression are:

  • Not as comfy/smooth and actually feels like driving a truck.
  • More power, better revving engine and much better transmission.
  • Narrower and more dated interior.
  • Bigger turning radius takes some getting used to.

These are not complaints; observations. I'm sure the Ridgeline gets a few more MPGs too as I was doing close to 25 on the highway. That all said, I'm a 2021 Frontier Pro-4X owner now and I'm sure soon enough this will fit me like a glove. I have been surprised by some of the capabilities and performance already and I'm looking forward to a long life with the vehicle and minimal/cheap maintenance compared to the alternatives.

Seems to be getting some head turns around here too driving it around. Can't say the same for the Ridgeline 馃槅

Only pic I have so far... hard to tell with the reflections but the truck is mint

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Welcome to real trucks LOL. The Ridgeline I'm sure is fine for some, who want to Mallcrawl or carry a lawnmower home from Lowes', but for real towing and off-roading, it's pretty hard to beat a body-on frame monster. I like that colour too. Mine's a 2014 Pro in silver, I really wanted the gunmetal colour as first choice but she had every option I wanted, was only 20 minutes away and the dealer was willing to work with price, so home she came. Five years later and the build continues ............
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Long story short (we'll see) ... my 2008 Subaru Legacy GT that was tuned and modded to 349wtq/325whp ... had done me well for many years but then for inspection this year apparently I needed around $2500 in repairs. So I sold the vehicle on Craigslist for $6000 and let them know the deal on the repairs needed.

So I was in a hurry to buy another vehicle. Had done some research a few years ago and decided a Ridgeline was a good choice. So I bought the first clean one in the color I liked. Had the 6 speed tranny, turned out to be a POS and began slipping almost immediately. Had to put some different fluids in there to make it work again. Also had 3 cylinder mode activation which I hated and tried to deactivate, which caused detonation knock in the engine. And creaked like it was going to break every time I turned the steering wheel all the way or went over bumps.

Otherwise a very smooth ride and comfortable. So I got the Frontier and have been driving it for only 2 days. My first impression are:

  • Not as comfy/smooth and actually feels like driving a truck.
  • More power, better revving engine and much better transmission.
  • Narrower and more dated interior.
  • Bigger turning radius takes some getting used to.

These are not complaints; observations. I'm sure the Ridgeline gets a few more MPGs too as I was doing close to 25 on the highway. That all said, I'm a 2021 Frontier Pro-4X owner now and I'm sure soon enough this will fit me like a glove. I have been surprised by some of the capabilities and performance already and I'm looking forward to a long life with the vehicle and minimal/cheap maintenance compared to the alternatives.

Seems to be getting some head turns around here too driving it around. Can't say the same for the Ridgeline 馃槅

Only pic I have so far... hard to tell with the reflections but the truck is mint

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Congratulations on your Frontier purchase. I have a 13 Frontier CC SV. I really like the Pro4x wheels and they are the best style IMO.
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Welcome to the club
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Welcome! I had a newer RL that addressed some of your issues like the last year of the POS 6 speed transmission. Still made the jump. You forgot to add the horrible one second delay Nav\Radio display (if you had it).
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I lost confidence in Honda Motors. Honda transmissions have changed but when I had an 03 Honda Accord V6 the POS auto transmission fried twice. The first one lasted 79,000 mi and the second one only 50,000 miles. From what my research indicated that is the same transmission they put in the Honda odysseys which also had problems.
I lost confidence in Honda Motors. Honda transmissions have changed but when I had an 03 Honda Accord V6 the POS auto transmission fried twice. The first one lasted 79,000 mi and the second one only 50,000 miles. From what my research indicated that is the same transmission they put in the Honda odysseys which also had problems.
Seems like they've been having transmission issues for a while now. On the Ridgeline forums everyone is changing their tranny oil every 15k miles. Yet they also change engine oil only every 10k miles. Night and day difference between the Honda 6 speed auto and the 9 speed Nissan. I like being able to manual shift it too, even if it's not paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

Thanks for the warm welcomes! I'm looking for excuses to do some unnecessary errands to take my Frontier out on the road a bit today. Working from home, the mileage tends to appreciate fairly slowly otherwise.
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that is a great looking truck between the color and the pro4 stickers on the sides, down low. welcome to hte club
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definitely feel you on the dated interior part... its a basic truck but reliable as long as you take decent care of it. I always thought the ridgelines were cool until I helped a buddy lift his with the 50+ piece spacer lift. what a PITA
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definitely feel you on the dated interior part... its a basic truck but reliable as long as you take decent care of it. I always thought the ridgelines were cool until I helped a buddy lift his with the 50+ piece spacer lift. what a PITA
It's part of the charm for me. I'm hoping to go the distance with this truck... or at least until the powers that be decide to ban gasoline as they decide I've also eaten too much beef for my monthly carbon credit quota. The Ridgeline was nice but too cushy for my taste and I could tell it would be an expensive chore getting it to 125k miles let alone 200k+.

I got out on the road for a while earlier, getting used to how it handles more now and really enjoying my honeymoon period with it so far. Now -- if it proves reliable and trustworthy (with proper and preventative maintenance of course), that honeymoon period never has to end!

BTW lifting a 2nd gen Ridgeline sounds pretty pointless to me. It drives like a car. Maybe a lowering kit instead? :unsure:
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Almost bought a Ridgeline instead of my 19 Frontier but they wanted 5k more one yr newer
It's part of the charm for me. I'm hoping to go the distance with this truck... or at least until the powers that be decide to ban gasoline as they decide I've also eaten too much beef for my monthly carbon credit quota. The Ridgeline was nice but too cushy for my taste and I could tell it would be an expensive chore getting it to 125k miles let alone 200k+.

I got out on the road for a while earlier, getting used to how it handles more now and really enjoying my honeymoon period with it so far. Now -- if it proves reliable and trustworthy (with proper and preventative maintenance of course), that honeymoon period never has to end!

BTW lifting a 2nd gen Ridgeline sounds pretty pointless to me. It drives like a car. Maybe a lowering kit instead? :unsure:
Hard hitting comments at the top haha. I was just at the gun store buying my first pistol when I saw your response. All the news reporting on shootings constantly has the mass population scared of guns instead of the real problem...
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I got out on the road for a while earlier, getting used to how it handles more now and really enjoying my honeymoon period with it so far. Now -- if it proves reliable and trustworthy (with proper and preventative maintenance of course), that honeymoon period never has to end!
i have an Arctic Blue P4X luxury package myself. 3陆 years of owning my truck and i still look for any excuse to take my truck when my family and i go anywhere, even if taking my wife's car is the more reasonable vehicle to take.
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Hard hitting comments at the top haha. I was just at the gun store buying my first pistol when I saw your response. All the news reporting on shootings constantly has the mass population scared of guns instead of the real problem...
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Congratulations on popping your cherry.
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Used to have a few rules on buying vehicles.

1. Run on regular gas
2. Have a timing chain, not a belt.
3. No turbo's or forced induction.
4. Conventional motor oil as standard.

I entertained the idea of a Ridgline when thinking anout how a truck would suit my needs better that the Mustang I was driving. I live in a condo, so the only hauling I would be doing would be home improvement runs. I had conventionaly configured trucks in the past, albeit small ones, and could not get the ideal that a frameless, front wheel drive vehicle was a truck. In addition the Ridgeline did not meet enough of my rules to get past that.

The Frontier did better, on the rules and only so far has lost out on the fuel economy front to the numbers the Ridgeline had published. From a fit and finish standpoint it could be better (see my thread on interior noises) but when I drive it there's no question that I am driving something that is intended as a truck, rather than and SVU with an open trunk.
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Well I took the wife and kid out for dinner to a BBQ joint much further than we needed to go. Food was excellent and so was the drive.

After that threw the trash and recyclable bins in the back to take down the driveway. Couldn't help snapping this pic. What a beauty. This is like the Lamborghini Countach of small trucks.
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Well I took the wife and kid out for dinner to a BBQ joint much further than we needed to go. Food was excellent and so was the drive.

After that threw the trash and recyclable bins in the back to take down the driveway. Couldn't help snapping this pic. What a beauty. This is like the Lamborghini Countach of small trucks. View attachment 371352
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Used to have a few rules on buying vehicles.

1. Run on regular gas
2. Have a timing chain, not a belt.
3. No turbo's or forced induction.
4. Conventional motor oil as standard.
i have similar rules when buying hte wife or i a vehicle.

timing chain
no cvt

it looks like the wife is going to mess up the trans requirement on her next vehicle though. she is slotted to get a maverick later this year and its a hybrid one so its got the cvt.
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